Collum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Collum family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Collum is derived from the Scottish name MacCallum, which means "the son of the gillie of Callum." However, the full form of the name was used until the 17th century. The Callums were an import branch of the Clan McLeod of Raasay.
Early Origins of the Collum family
The surname Collum was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Collum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collum research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1636 is included under the topic Early Collum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Collum Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Collum has appeared in various documents spelled Callum, MacColum, MacCallum, Colum, Callam, Callem, Calam and many more.
Early Notables of the Collum family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Collum is the 8,754th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Collum family to Ireland
Some of the Collum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Collum migration to the United States +
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Collum or a variant listed above:
Collum Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Collum, who landed in Virginia in 1657 
Collum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Pat Collum, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 
- Joseph Collum, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 
- John Collum, who arrived in New York in 1844 
Collum migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Collum Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mary Collum, aged 3, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
Contemporary Notables of the name Collum (post 1700) +
- William F. Collum (1812-1866), American surgeon and politician, Mayor of Jeffersonville, Indiana (1848-1854)
- John Collum (1926-1962), American child actor of the 1930s, best known for his Our Gang roles where he answered questions with a drawn out "Uh-huuuuuh..."
- Jason Paul Collum (b. 1973), American film maker
- Jackie Collum (1927-2009), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1951 to 1962
- William "Willie" Collum (b. 1979), Scottish football referee
- Hugh Collum (1940-2005), British businessman, former chairman of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL)
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The Collum Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In ardua tendit
Motto Translation: He reaches towards things difficult of attainment.
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)